15 Valentine Cakes and Cupcakes Worth Baking This Year

rainbow heart cake

Valentine’s Day is sweet on its own, but you can make it even better with a sugar rush. These cakes and cupcakes will make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside, especially when shared.

1. We Heart Cake

wafer paper and gold cake

Gold sequins, straight stripes and inset hearts topped with sugar flowers — there’s a lot to love about this tiered dessert. Whatever you do, don’t shy away from the luster dust!

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2. Cosmic Love

cosmic love cake

While you’ll first cover this cake in white fondant, you’ll bust out the airbrush to bring in all those cosmically beautiful colors. And don’t worry about that black gum paste silhouette — it’s made with a cookie cutter, so there’s no detailed molding required.

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3. Hidden Heart

rainbow heart cake

While this looks like a run-of-the-mill vanilla cake on the outside, make one slice and you’re greeted with a beautiful rainbow heart. Yep, your guests will be wowed.

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4. Sign of Love

sign of love cake

Valentine’s Day doesn’t mean everything has to be red, pink and lacy. Take an unorthodox approach to your holiday dessert by sculpting a giant “I love you” hand from modeling chocolate.

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5. An Anti-Valentine

anti valentine cake

Sometimes, love hurts. So gather your friends and feast from a very anti-Valentine’s Day cake. We promise it still tastes sweet, especially with fresh strawberries hidden between each layer.

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6. Swan-derful Feathers

swan cake

These stunning feathers are made from dried candy melts and secured with melted white chocolate. Sprinkle in a few edible pearls and hearts and you’ve got a beautiful cake creation.

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7. Simple Hearts

heart cake

There’s something gorgeous about simplicity. With a few beginner-friendly carving steps, you can decorate this cake in under an hour.

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8. Edible Love Letters

love letter fondant cupcake

Send a love note written in fondant — it’s much sweeter than a store-bought card. Just note this design is small, so you need the right tools to be precise. But the payoff is delicious and oh-so-worth it.

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9. A Box of Chocolates — As a Cupcake

chocolate box cupcake

Put a fun spin on the traditional box of chocolates by making ’em in fondant. These cupcakes are basically dessert inception, so anyone who receives them is sure to be pleased.

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10. Ruffled Fondant Florals

ruffled purple fondant flower

Whether you’re baking a cake or cupcakes, you want to make sure to bring the blooms. Use a ball tool to sculpt these ruffles into simple circles, then let dry and decorate the center — it really is that easy.

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11. Love Machine

love machine fondant topper

Flex your fondant sculpting skills and teach a robot to love. This project work best as a stand-alone cake topper or paired with simpler fondant pieces, and you’ll have a blast paying attention to all the little details.

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12. Spray of Hearts

This cake is quite literally bursting with love. It’s a simple fondant project, is a fun way to top any cake, and you can make a whole rainbow if you’re feeling extra colorful.

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13. Heart Skips a Beat

heart beat topper

Your Valentine’s heart will jump when they see these cute toppers. And with two designs to choose from, it’s easy to add variety to your batch of cupcakes. (Bonus points if you pair ’em with pink strawberry buttercream).

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14. Conversation Heart Cupcakes

conversation heart cupcakes

There’s no better way to say “I love you” than by writing it out on little fondant hearts. These treats are sweeter than traditional conversation hearts — though you could totally make those, too.

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15. ‘I Heart Ewe’

i heart ewe cupcakes

Craft these sheepish fondant toppers for the pun-lover in your life. Not only will your Valentine be impressed by your modeling skills, but you’ll get a few laughs, too.

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